Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. The pour yields a lightly hazy, glowing, deep amber body with a tall, spongy head of off-white to beige foam. Settling in slowly, the head forms an uneven, ramped-up, frothy blanket, never completely subsiding. Thick, sticky walls of pronounced lacing coat the glass almost entirely. Pretty brew. The nose booms with juicy citrus hops, very much in the San Diego mold, showing notes of tangerine and pink grapefruit amidst some tropical pineapple and faint mango. Wisps of pine resin nod to the Pacific Northwest, but remain secondary to the citrus. Malts are toffee based, but are lightened a bit by a prominent wheat contingent. Alcohol is there, but not egregiously so. The flavor largely follows suit, perhaps not as well defined, but of the same mold, for sure. Grapefruit, lemon ring, and juicy tangerine all come to mind. Tropical notes are not as prominent. The candied wheat malt and lightly buttered toffee comprise a nice base for the citrus hops to shine. On the palate, the substantial body is moderately carbonated, contributing to the sticky feel of the finish. Weighty, and not as dry as Iíd like, the mouthfeel serves as a bit of a letdown. Still, I understand it with 100 IBUís to balance out. Overall, a very solid IIPA. If only the fantastic nose translated to all facets of the beer, this would be world class. As it stands, itís still pretty damn good.
Earlier Rating: 9/3/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Bomber. Pours a lightly hazy, dark orange-amber color. A thick, lasting head of beige colored foam leaves sticky, dense, patchwork sheets of lacing all over the glass. The aroma is bright and hoppy, yet balanced, with big orange, grapefruit, and pine resin notes being countered by a substantial wheat and toffee malt base. The flavor follows suit, strikingly sharp and bitter from all the floral citrus and resinous pine, yet deliciously countered by sweet, toasted toffee and glazed wheat grain. Big bodied and smooth, the palate shows a hint of an alcohol burn, particularly on the semi-dry, bitter finish. I didnít get this one as fresh as I would have liked, but it was still damn good nonetheless.
GT2 (9243) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz courtesy of savnac. Pours a hazy light orange with the lace of god. Huge sheety lace covering the oversized tulip. Aroma of baked apples. Taste is bitter apple skins, baked apple chips, nutty bitter, some fairly serious biting alcohol with nothing in the body to balance. Moving to almost medicinal. Palate is creamy, rich, soft. Almost perfect palate. Could possibly be the only beer I rate a 6/5/6/5/13. This beer is kicking ass on the special teams, but still not scoring any points on offense.
Earlier Rating: 11/18/2009 Total Score: 3.1
22oz courtesy of tastybeer.
Finally losing my Midnight Sun virginity! Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick, rocky, off-white head that leaves just excellent, thick lacing. Aroma is characteristic stale DIPA (thatís what I get for having to come from Anchorage to Portland and then to DC). Lots of strawberry cheesecake, cheap candies, green apple, overripe pears,blackberries. Taste is a bit watery but there is a massive hop bitterness in the finish, which changes to a long, dry, bitter aftertaste. As it warms the alcohol really shows through; almost a tinge of vodka in the aftertaste. Woah. But this is still surprisingly light bodied. Iím glad I tried it. Wheat DIPA is certainly difficult to find.
Bullit (4122) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, halloween tasting @ cgarvieuk. Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma is light caramel malts and fruits, some hops, bit spicy. Flavour is caramel malty, fruits, orange, yeasty. Fairly hoppy, medium carbonation.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased @ Monument. Pours a cloudy amber/gold. Nose is wheat and sweet. Flavor has this nice tongue-crunching bitterness. Reminds me of Fresh Gumballhead.
Fin (8177) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craigís, Edinburgh tasting, big thanks to Craig for this beer I think he got this one. Shared in company of Craig, Stella, Jan, Charlotte, Fritz and Loz 30.10.10 This was a total revelation for me I really wasnít expecting it to be as good as it was. Honey, yeasty and wheaty on nose and in mouth, hazy appearance with a filmy white head. Soft in the mouth, quite stark in termís of bitterness, really pithy. Bloody lovely stuff. A8 A3 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9
douglas88 (6940) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Brewforia. Pours a clear copper hue with a medium sticky white head. The aroma is nice and hoppy; sweet citrus and pine, lots of wheat. A smooth citrus hop dominated flavor, some grains, pine, light bitterness. A dry earthy finish with some bitterness resting on the tongue. Nice.
cgarvieuk (16795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at halloweeen tasting ... amber ... sweet yeasty mellon ... lemon... little honey nose ... zezty lemon front ... bitter peel ... big hop.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and light earthy aroma. Grapefruit, pine, and wheat flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit, pine, wheat, and light caramel lingers.
DYCSoccer17 (3461) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-op. Bottled in early August, so a bit aged. Aroma is fairly sweet and musty with some wheat. Some floral hop aromas are also detected along with some spiciness. Transparent golden body with some orange hues present. Has a pretty large, fizzy whitish head. Good retention. Starts somewhat bitter with a fair astringency. A bit spicy and peppery, probably due to the wheat. Some floral hints come in later with a decent acidity to finish. Moderate bitterness late.
Mora2000 (5924) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tropical fruit with some peaches, oranges and papaya.
The flavor is bitter papaya with some orange and pine notes. Low to medium bitterness. I donít necessarily get too much wheat in the flavor, but I donít get the caramel malt that is often present in IPAs. I assume that the lack of caramel malt is because the beer is brewed with wheat.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.